Article Courtesy by Georgina Hefferman

I have confessed this many times before, but I am obsessed with ribbon. It has to be my favorite scrapbooking product of all time. It is incredibly versatile and oh-so-pretty! This presents me with a problem, however.  Every time I go into my local scrapbook shop, or shopping online at I end up purchasing huge amounts of ribbon.

I am particularly drawn to the ribbon that has cute little designs on them or funky fresh patterns such as the Fancy Pants Designs printed ribbons.  Of course, that doesn't stop me from buying ribbon in plain colors though. There is just so much to choose from. I do also have a lot of plain ribbon in my collection, however, and while this can look great on cards or layouts, I wanted a way to jazz it up a little. I wanted to make my plain ribbon more interesting.

After much trial and error, I happened upon one way of creating my very own printed ribbon. I wanted to share this with you as it is a great way of using up those plain ribbons in your stash, but also a great way to coordinate your designs.

To create your ribbon you will need a computer with a word processing program such as Word, some lengths of ribbon, a dry adhesive (preferably removable / non permanent) and some standard printer or copier paper.

First you need to open your word processing program; I used Word. Change the orientation of your page to "Landscape" and then you are ready to create your design.  There are no limits here - you can use words, phrases, mini pictures, circles, lines etc.  I chose a wing ding font and set it to size 16.  I chose the design I wanted and then typed this out across the whole length of the page. I kept the design in black for the purpose of this demonstration, because black is easier to see in photographs, but you can choose any color you like. 


 When you are happy with the design, simply print it off on plain white copier paper.

You will be using this printout as a guideline as to where to attach your ribbon.  Using the dry adhesive, attach each end of your ribbon length to the white paper, over the top of the design you just printed.


You will then reload this piece of paper into your printer in the exact same way you did the first time.  Press print again and your design will then be printed across your ribbon.


I tried this method with a variety of different textures of ribbon. On one piece of green satin ribbon the ink bled a little but on all other ribbons I had no problems - you may want to test a smaller piece before you commit yourself too much! 


The printer I used was an Epson Stylus Photo R300 printer, but I imagine you could use any inkjet printer for this technique. It will be a case of trial and error, but please make sure your printer can take the thickness of your ribbon as you do not want to damage your printer in any way.


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